The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey is Out! This past week I received two copies of The Magic of Memoir. They are called contributor's copies, meaning, I submitted an essay to the anthology and it was accepted, so I get two free copies....

I've been in this relationship for over 15 years. And I'm Saying Good-Bye. We initially got acquainted fifteen years ago. But since January of 2014, we notched up 184 meetings of one sort or another.  It's been a long and significant relationship, and I'm calling it quits, kissing it good-bye,...

I had a grand four days in Austin, Texas. First of all, Texas is not North Dakota. The trees were blooming and the outdoor pool called my name. I had three free hours before the conference welcome and I spent it getting in a great swim...

How 7 nights, 8 days, and 1 Question changed the course of my writing. I heard about the Lake Michigan Writers Retreat randomly on FB. A friend of a friend posted that the workshop with Leslie Leylands Fields had one opening and a half price deal was...

Stepping back, forty years into your own history, is slightly mind-bending. Last night I did a book reading/talk at the Valley City Barnes County Library. I'm not usually too worried about book talks; last night I was. What if ...

I lamely nicknamed us The Write Club. We are a group of six women who meet every other week to talk writing. I blogged once about the benefits of Writer's Groups.  This post is more personal. It's about "my group" and what we did this past week. We meet at...

Authors are reluctant to talk about sales numbers, unless they are selling thousands, at which point they love talking numbers. I've been curious about "average" sales. In reality, what I'm asking is, "How is my book doing?" Here's a hard look at the numbers and what...

I found out this week that my publisher, Autumn House Press, is using a new book distributor. A year ago, I didn't know what a book distributor was! Basically, the press prints the book and stores it at their office. Individuals can buy directly from...

So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village is officially going into a second printing! That means my book has sold beyond the expected selling numbers! COOL BEANS! It got me thinking, what exactly is a second printing? Is it the same or different from a second...

Seems like everyone is gearing up for first day of school, or first day of teaching, or first day of fall. It's transition time for me also, as a writer. Switching gears from just writing to writing and speaking. Clubs are starting up and groups are meeting. And...